The lost treasure of Captain Marsh.



Captain Marsh of the Far West and the Lost Treasure.

The Far West a steamboat and Captain Marsh are real the journeys up and down the Bighorn River to supply troops fighting Indians in the late 1800’s are real. The legend about the lost gold has two very different tales and if there was gold, it is still lost today.

As the one legend goes written by Emile Schurmacher, Captain Marsh received a shipment of gold bars worth an estimated $375,000 in Williston, North Dakota. He was to meet General Terry by following the Bighorn River to what was called the mouth of Little Bighorn and then travel fifteen to twenty miles upstream to supply General Terry’s troops. After he gave the supplies to General Terry, he was to travel to Bismarck to deliver the gold bars. As the story goes, he learned of the massacre of General Custer and had to take aboard 52 wounded men. Captain Marsh was concerned over the room he would need to fuel his steamboat with the extra passengers aboard. He decided to bury the gold bars at place of meeting Captain Terry and return later to retrieve the gold. He did return, however a mudslide had covered the spot the gold bars were buried and no amount of digging gave even a small glimpse of a gold bar.

The next legend of the Far West and the gold treasure was written by Roy Norvill. His account is a bit more daring and intertwined with danger. In this rendition, Captain Marsh had three men call to him from the shore of Bighorn River on the evening of June 26, the day after Custer’s demise. The men that shouted were Mark Jergens, Tom Dickson and Gil Longworth the wagon driver; the other two were guards that were traveling with him to guard the gold nuggets shipment from Bozeman, Montana to Bismarck. Gil Longworth was concerned about the safety of the shipment with the Sioux Indians that were causing havoc throughout the area. He persuaded Captain Marsh to load the gold on the Far West. After the men were out of sight and headed to Bozeman on land, Captain Marsh was also concerned about the safety of the gold and he and his men buried the gold there along the shores of Bighorn River. The wounded men, the same as in the first story were put on board the Far West and this is when Captain Marsh learned of the death of the three men by the Sioux Indians. By this story, no one ever searched for the gold that was buried.

The lost treasure of Captain Marsh.

 The lost treasure of Captain Marsh.

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